(Celery Cabbage, Napa Cabbage)
Bearing dark to pale green leaves with prominent white midveins, brassicas in the Pekinensis group include the vegetables Napa cabbage, bok choy and celery cabbage. It is one of several groups in Brassica rapa, which is Eurasian in origin but now cultivated worldwide. Pekinensis types are thin-leaved with a sweet, mildly tangy flavor. Habits vary and may be barrel-shaped with crinkled foliage or cylindrical with smooth leaves.
These mustard-like annual or biennial, cool-season plants...
(Kabuna, Mizuna, Spinach Mustard, Tendergreen)
A fast-growing annual or biennial grown as a vegetable leaf crop, mizuna tastes like sweet lettuce with peppery zest. The Japanese word "mizuna" translates to "water vegetable", referring to the juicy stalks. Young, smaller leaves are typically harvested and added to mesclun salad mixes, while larger slightly stronger-flavored foliage is used in cooked dishes. Some botanists suspect the subspecies nipposinica is European but it has naturalized across eastern Asia where it is most associated...
(Hawaiian Snow Bush, Snow Bush)
Snow Bush is a tropical shrub that is native to the Pacific islands of Melanesia. It is grown primarily for its showy foliage that is often variegated in shades of green and cream. The popular cultivar 'Roseopicta' has variegated foliage of pink, green and cream. In tropical regions it looks great all growing season and is well-suited for mixed beds and borders, and in temperate regions it may be grown as a tender perennial for containers. Overall snow bush does best in sites with part-sun and humus...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Dwarf Snow Bush, Snow Bush)
Dwarf snowbush is a tropical shrub that grows to two-feet and has ovate green and white leaves with a touch of pink. This plant has insignificant green flowers, but its showy foliage looks great all growing season. It may also be grown as a tender perennial, and prefers part-sun and humus rich, well-drained soil. Plant dwarf snowbush in a container, mixed border or massed planting.
Forest & Kim Starr
Snow bush is a tropical evergreen shrub to small tree that is native to regions throughout Melanesia. When mature it develops gently arching branches and a vase-shaped habit. It is grown primarily for its showy foliage that is often variegated in shades of green, pink and cream. Its insignificant flowers are green.
Overall, snow bush grows best in sites with partial sun and humus rich soil with average drainage. It grows quickly and is tolerant of high heat and humidity. Plants don’t respond...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Hawaiian Snow Bush, Rosy Snow Bush, Snow Bush)
Snowbush is a lovely tropical shrub that has ovate green and white leaves, 'Roseo Picta' also has leaves with pink mottling and reddened stems and pink new foliage. This plant has insignificant green flowers, but its showy foliage looks great all growing season. This native of the southern Pacific islands may also be grown as a tender perennial.
Snowbush prefers part-sun and humus rich, well-drained soil. Plant snowbush in a container, mixed border or massed planting, especially under a cluster...
James H. Schutte
(Perennial Quaking Grass)
Common quaking grass is a perennial, tufted grass grown mostly for its interesting seed pods. It is native to Eurasia and naturalized in the cooler regions of North America. The leaves are linear, narrow, flat, upright and green to blue-green in color. Common quaking grass spreads slowly by rhizome (underground stem). Flowers are small and green held in lacy branched heads on stiff, leafless stalks well above the foliage, doubling the size of the plant. They appear later spring into summer. The fruit...
The largest and arguably most beautiful brodiaea, this "bulb" from the foothills and coastal ranges of California blooms in a starburst of flowers reminiscent of a small Agapanthus. The clusters of up to 12 upfacing funnel-shaped flowers perch atop wiry knee-high stems in late spring and early summer. The purple, lavender, pinkish, or white flowers have dark longitudinal midstripes. Long grassy leaves precede the flowers, withering before or as the flowers open. Like all other of its genus,...
Amethyst flower is a dense tender perennial from tropical South America that is commonly grown as an annual. Its light green leaves are a nice contrast to the numerous and pretty star-shaped, purple-blue flowers with tiny white centers.
Amethyst flower grows easily from seed in diffused sun and fertile, moist soil. It would benefit being shaded from the hottest summer afternoon sun in the warmest climates. Overall, it is a reliable bedding plant that can be enjoyed indoors in the winter as well....